MacWeb Computing

Updates

Recent updates to the website, services and customer dashboard

Apr 12, 2024
New comments section

On many pages, you will now see a new comments section to vote on the page topic or to add your own comments. MacWeb website is more interactive than ever. 


Apr 12, 2024
We are facing high demand, thanks for your patience

For enhanced security and a smoother experience, you must now connect to your account before placing an order.

Due to exceptionally high demand, numerous on-demand configurations are currently unavailable. We are actively working to expand the availability of computers in our data centers. Please visit the configurations section regularly for updates on availability, or consider requesting a quote. Priority is currently given to volume orders with a term commitment.


Apr 08, 2024
Our community section is open

Our community section is now fully open with feature requests and general discussions


Apr 02, 2024
XZ backdoor is not impacting macOS

Most Linux editions are facing a major security issue with the recent discovery of XZ backdoor with SSH protocol. Apple silicon Macs are not impacted but it's better to run “brew update” if you are using Homebrew packages manager.  


Mar 28, 2024
Meet Brewer X

Brewer X is a great companion for developers. Brewer X is an Homebrew client native app for macOS. Discover new apps, update everything with single click, and automate maintenance tasks. A gem of the Mac world.


Mar 21, 2024
Jan is another option for inference servers compatible with OpenAI APIs

Step 1. Download Jan app from your Mac server and your VNC connection.
Step 2. Download the AI model of your choice from the app
Step 3. Enable the server with all options (coding icon). 
That's it. For any native app or web app using api.openai.com API's, you can now replace the address with the the IP address of your Mac or custom domain. If you need assistance, we can help. Jan is more user friendly than LMStudio that we also recommended. 


Mar 19, 2024
Chat with your new AI Assistant

We have a new AI assistant trained on the content of the website. The assistant can reply to most questions. For human assistance, you can still call us or send a message per email. 


Mar 15, 2024
New version of our free utility

Version 2.1 of MacWeb Computing is available. Our free utility allows you to access your Macs in the cloud directly from the menubar of macOS.


Mar 11, 2024
Apple MLX framework is getting stronger

Many developers are working on Apple MLX framework that is fully open source. It's fully optimized for Python, C and Swift languages. MLX is getting traction thanks to the incredible performance. We created a new page to showcase the main advantages. The community also created a new open source project named MLX server. Inference made easy!


Feb 20, 2024
LMStudio is a great AI inference server option

We recommend LMStudio app as an easy AI inference server.
Step 1. Download LMStudio app from your Mac server and your VNC connection.
Step 2. Download the AI model of your choice from the app
Step 3. Enable the server with all options (double arrows icon). 
That's it. For any native app or web app using api.openai.com API's, you can now replace the address with the the IP address of your Mac or custom domain. If you need assistance, we can help. 


Feb 15, 2024
CI, VM and cluster solutions optimized for Apple silicon

We are working with CirrusLabs to offer VM cluster configurations with TART and Orchard engines that we are recommending.
Contact us if you have CI, VM or any cluster projects.


Jan 22, 2024
Xcodes is recommended for Apple developers

This native app for macOS is allowing developers to switch between multiple versions of Xcode.
https://www.xcodes.app


Jan 19, 2024
Optimized configurations

MacWeb Computing is now recommending configurations for developers. It's the best time to build innovative apps! We organized it in three categories.
Solutions for native apps
Solutions for web apps
Solutions for AI
 


Jan 16, 2024
Compare bare metal Mac configurations

We have a new page where you can compare the specs of all Mac configurations available in the cloud.
https://www.macweb.com/compare


Jan 04, 2024
Linux as an option

For all Mac cloud configurations, it's possible to use a native version of Linux named Fedora Asahi. https://asahilinux.org/
It's fully optimized for Apple silicon performance. We can install it for you and setup a VNC SSH connection, default boot too. 
Contact us if you are interested by this option. 


Jan 03, 2024
Happy New Year from the team

Dear Valued Developers, Happy New Year! As we step into 2024, we extend our warmest wishes to you, our esteemed developer community. This year promises to be an exciting one for all of us at MacWeb Computing. We're committed to making 2024 a year of unparalleled improvements and innovations in our cloud services. Our team is working tirelessly to enhance your development experience, ensuring that our service is not only more robust and efficient but also more intuitive and developer-friendly. We're excited to support your incredible work. Thank you for choosing us as your cloud service partner. Here's to a successful and groundbreaking 2024!


Dec 11, 2023
macOS Sonoma 14.2 and remote login by default

From today and for all new orders, macOS Sonoma 14.2 will be the default operating system version for the best user experience and a stronger security. You can still request custom configurations with older versions of macOS from our quotes form. Remote login (SSH)is now also activated by default for easy reboot of your computer from your dashboard. You can disable it at any time from a VNC connection in macOS preferences. 


Dec 08, 2023
Apple MLX framework for AI is available

Two times faster than Pytorch, fully optimized for Apple silicon architecture and unified memory, the MLX framework made by Apple is impressive. It's fully open source. We updated the Inference page.


Nov 28, 2023
Best PHP tools

We updated the page showcasing the best solutions for PHP development on macOS. https://www.macweb.com/php


Nov 21, 2023
Meet LM studio and Sanctum for private AI

With LM Studio, you can run LLMs on your Mac server, use models through the in-app Chat UI or an OpenAI compatible server, download any compatible model files from Hugging Face  repositories, discover new & noteworthy LLMs in the app's home page. A great developer tool fully optimized for Apple silicon. https://lmstudio.ai
Sanctum is more simple to use with a beautiful user interface and a focus on local assistants. https://sanctum.ai


Nov 21, 2023
Clusters management with Minikube

For running a cluster of Mac computers, Kubernetes is one of the best solution, fully optimized for Apple silicon. Minikube is helping the setup and management. https://minikube.sigs.k8s.io/docs/


Nov 14, 2023
XcodeBenchmark added to all cloud instances

To better understand the performance of each cloud instance, we added the best XcodeBenchmark for Xcode 14. Version 15 is a bit faster but most developers are still using version 14.


Nov 10, 2023
You can use Cilicon to create, provision and run ephemeral CI

Cilicon is a macOS App that leverages Apple's Virtualization Framework to create, provision and run ephemeral CI VMs with near-native performance. It currently supports Github Actions, Buildkite Agent, GitLab Runner and arbitrary scripts. Depending on your setup, should be able to get up and running with your self-hosted CI in minutes. https://github.com/traderepublic/Cilicon


Nov 03, 2023
New self-hosted section

On the self-hosted page, we are presenting professional open source or commercial solutions for developers and businesses that can be hosted on a Mac server. https://www.macweb.com/self_hosted


Nov 01, 2023
Geekbench 6 score added to cloud instances

As a reference point, we added the best Geekbench 6 score for single core and multi core to the list of configurations available on-demand. https://www.macweb.com/macmini


Nov 01, 2023
Install your own code assistant, AI assistant on any Mac

LlamaGPT is a self-hosted, offline, ChatGPT-like chatbot. Powered by Llama 2. 100% private, with no data leaving your server. There is even Code Llama support! It just requires Xcode and Docker to be installed.  https://github.com/getumbrel/llama-gpt


Oct 19, 2023
Mojo for Mac is available!

MacWeb Computing team is thrilled about Mojo, a revolutionary programming language explicitly crafted for Artificial Intelligence, now seamlessly optimized for Apple Silicon. Created by the visionary Chris Lattner and developed by Modular, Mojo ushers in a new era of computational excellence on the Mac platform. Its harmonious design leverages the full extent of Apple’s advanced hardware, delivering unbelievable performance enhancements, and setting a new standard for AI deployment environments. What makes Mojo stand out is its fluid integration with the Mac ecosystem, designed from the ground up to support the nuances of AI development, ensuring developers can work with an unprecedented level of power and precision. The future of AI on Mac is here, and MacWeb Computing is at the forefront, offering our users the tools to unlock unimaginable potential, transforming vision into reality with Mojo. It’s using the same syntax than Python, and faster than plain C. Learn more on our website:
https://www.macweb.com/mojo


Oct 17, 2023
Native macOS Docker Containers are now possible

You can now run macOS inside macOS, build images using Docker and distribute them using registries.
https://macoscontainers.org


Oct 06, 2023
One click restart now available

From your list of servers, you can force a restart of your cloud instance with one click. You just need to enable Remote Login in macOS preferences for the cloud instance. If you customized the password or added a user, you also need to edit the information of your cloud instance. A confirmation dialog is always displayed.


Oct 04, 2023
Improved cloud instances management

You can now edit your cloud instances information, add notes, add a custom user or custom password, even a custom name. 
Login and password is now automatically added to the “Connect via VNC” button.


Sep 26, 2023
macOS 14 Sonoma is available, xCode 15 too

We recommend to test both solutions on a new cloud instance. We tested both solutions for months without any major issues but it's better to do personal testing if you have a sensitive workflow.


Sep 15, 2023
Improved FAQs

You can now browse more content on the FAQs section of our website


Sep 12, 2023
We are committed to support Swift on servers

We recently joined Vapor community and we are happy to help developers supporting Swift on servers.


Sep 05, 2023
New website and branding

We are happy to introduce our new name MacWeb Computing, our new branding, and our new website showcasing our ambition for cloud services. Previous customer accounts are fully supported.